Saturday, December 18, 2010

Activity #2 - Your Current Book in Pictures

1 - List the title and author of the book you are currently reading.

2 - Use any photo hosting site (Google Images, Flickr, Photobucket, FlickrCC, etc.) to find photos related to your book. "The image(s) you post need to have something to do with the book you're currently reading. You can post a painting or photograph that makes you think of the story or the characters, choose a few pictures that highlight some of the book's most important elements, or do a little of both. The only thing you can't do is just post the cover art and leave it at that, though you're welcome to include a cover image alongside your other selections." (Stella Matutina)

3 - Put a short description with each picture explaining what it means to the book.

Here is my example:

I'm reading DROUGHT by Pam Bachorz.

It is about a girl named Ruby who lives as a slave with her mother and the other followers of Otto. She is approximately 200-years-old as are the others in her group.  The water they drink gives them extended life.
They are enslaved by Darwin West, an evil, greedy man who is in love with Ruby's mother and furious she doesn't feel the same. He has enslaved the Congregants since the early-nineteenth century and are forced to live as they did back then even though he himself enjoys modern day conveniences.

An example of a Congregant's House

Darwin West has access to modern conviences like TVs

Darwin West and his cruel Overseers force the Congregants to go into the woods and gather water everyday.  The problem is they are in a drought like no one has ever seen.  They haven't seen rain in YEARS. The Congregants are forced to scrape dew off of leaves in order to get the water they need. Darwin's quotas are unrealistic and whoever doesn't gather their share is beaten with chains in front of the group.

Ruby's mother takes everyone's beatings for them since she knows Ruby's secret. It is Ruby that gives the water the power of extending life. Only the Elders of the group know the secret. A drop or two of her blood mixed into the water is all it takes.  It is Ruby that heals her mother's broken body every night by mixing some of her blood in the water they wash over her mother's skin.
Ruby is desperate to leave - to fight back against Darwin and the Overseers, but it isn't the way she has been taught. When she meets a new Overseers named Ford escape becomes even more tempting. She could leave with him so easily and finally be in the modern world, but can she leave the ones she loves behind and doom them all to death at the same time?

Now it's your turn.  What are you reading?  SHOW us.


  1. Ooh, fun challenge! Don't think I'll play (busy day), but thought that I'd share - for all the school librarians (and everyone else too) doing this challenge, this is a great time to try out They call themselves "the super sonic, thrifty, all-in-one picture finder and re-sizer made specifically for bloggers ... the quickest way for you to get a photo into your next blog post." And they only search Creative Commons-licensed works from Flickr, so you know you're not stepping on anyone's toes. :)

  2. Drought sounds really good! I'll definitely be looking forward to reading it when it comes out.

  3. Oh this one is cute and fun. Thanks for the great activity

  4. This is fun. Thanks for putting it together.

  5. I can't wait to read Drought. I just won it a couple of days ago on a blog I follow. I love dystopias, and think that this book will be of great interest to my students. Thanks for the summary!


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